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Bravos de León 6, Sultanes de Monterrey 4

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The Bravos de León (17-34) trailed the Sultanes de Monterrey (36-13) 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Bravos got three solo home runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-4 win at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on May 28.

The deciding inning started with a fly out. Then, 2B Carlos Valencia hit a home run to left field. The next batter, RF Brandon Macias, hit another home run to left field, and that one got out of the ball park in a hurry. The Sultanes replaced RHP Marcos Rivas with LHP Edgar Torres. Torres recorded a strikeout, but the next batter, C Marco Chicuate, completed the scoring with yet another home run over the left field fence. The Bravos sent in their closer, RHP Craig Stern, to pitch the top of the ninth, and he retired three of the four batters he faced.

The Bravos out-hit the Sultanes 14-7, but missed some opportunities in the early going. A single by Valencia in the third inning scored a run, giving the Bravos a 3-1 lead, but SS Niko Vasquez was tagged out at third; a review of the play upheld the call on the field. After a fly out, Valencia went to second on a single by 1B Leslie Anderson. The next batter, Chicuate, hit a single to left field, but Valencia was tagged out at home after a excellent throw by LF Zoilo Almonte.

The Sultanes opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first without a hit. CF Chris Roberson led off with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and came home on another wild pitch. The Bravos answered with a run walked in, RBI to Valencia. However, the Bravos left the bases loaded when Macias struck out. The Bravos got a runner on first in the bottom of the second, but 3B Agustin Murillo made a great catch of a line drive to prevent any damage.

The Sultanes tied it 3-3 with a two-run home run by Murillo in the top of the fourth. They went ahead 4-3 with a home run by Almonte in the sixth. They were kept off the board the rest of the way by relievers RHP Mitch Lively (seventh inning, one hit), RHP Gerardo Sanchez (eighth inning, no hits), and Stern.

3B Miguel Torrero led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. The Sultanes made a pitching change, replacing reliever LHP Adrian Guzman with Rivas. The next batter, CF Leandro Castro, attempted to bunt, but the first pitch, according to the umpire, hit his bat, then hit his hand. Bravos Manager Luis Rivera felt otherwise, and while Castro was recovering from being hit, Rivera was ejected from the game. When Castro continued his turn at bat, he hit into a double play.

Sanchez got the win, and Stern got a save. Rivas got the loss. Valencia finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. 1B Alex Valdez went 2-for-3 with a double for the Sultanes.

Attendance: 2,529

box score play-by-play

The Sultanes have the best record in the Mexican league, and have a five-game lead in the North Division. They led all of minor league baseball in attendance last season with an average of 12,703.

Stern (Hermitage, TN) played college ball at Trevecca Nazarene, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2011, traded to the Marlins in 2014. Lively (Susanville, CA) played both baseball and football for Sacramento State, was drafted by the Rockies in 2007, was in the Giants organization for several years, also played in Japan and Venezuela; he was Pitcher of the Year in the Venezuelan Winter League last season. Sanchez (Las Cruces, NM) was in the Astros organization. Vasquez (Oxnard, CA) was drafted in the third round by the Cardinals in 2008. Rivera was a RHP in the Braves organization 1995-2000. He made five MLB appearances for the Braves, and one for the Orioles.

Almonte (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) played a total of 47 games for the Yankees in 2013 and 2014. Valdez (also Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) was in the A’s organization 2004-2009. Roberson (Oakland, CA) played 85 games for the Phillies in 2006 and 2007, had a career average of .232. He was drafted in the ninth round by the Phillies in 2001. Murillo was in the Diamondbacks organization 2003-2007.

Bravos official site
Sultanes de Monterrey MILB page

Last modified on Sunday, May 28 2017 23:24


Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.


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